Subject: ARTS & CULTURE MEAN BUSINESS: Senators Duff and Boucher Headline July 25 Discussion of
 Arts and Culture's Economic Impact on Fairfield County

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Senators Bob Duff and Toni Boucher Headline
 Panel Discussion July 25
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Multimedia Gallery
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk

New Study Shows How Arts and Culture Provide 
Significant Economic Boost to Fairfield County

Speakers Include:
State Senators, Economic Development Directors, Arts Leaders & 
Real Estate Developers

Come hear how leaders in many sectors acknowledge how the arts and culture are an increasingly evident economic stimulus factor in our local economies. Ready to answer your questions will be Tamara Dimitri (CT Office of the Arts), Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, State Senator Toni Boucher, municipal Economic Development Directors Mark Barnhart (Town of Fairfield), Rina Bakalar (Town of Trumbull), Thomas Madden (City of Stamford) and Elizabeth Stocker (Town of Norwalk), leaders of arts institutions Laurence Caso (The Klein) and Kathy Maher (The Barnum Museum) and Developers Kim Morque (Spinnaker Real Estate Partners) and Doug Adams (GGP, developers of the new SoNo Collection Norwalk Mall).
The discussion will center around results of a new national study organized by Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences, offering insights at a national, regional and local level. It is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted, documenting the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities in all states.

A Fairfield County study was conducted by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with financial support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and sponsored by Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.

This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business.

"Members of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County have always known that the arts mean business for the local, state and national economies, and are delighted to have this impressive data to share with our constituents,” said Angela Whitford, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

In Fairfield County, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $235.2 million of economic activity during 2015—$148.6 million in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $86.6 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 6,789 jobs and generated $20.6 million in revenue to local and state governments.

This event is free and open to all (but registration is required). 
We thank Stepping Stones Museum for Children 
for generously hosting this important event!
10:30am - Registration and coffee
10:45am - Welcome and Introductions
10:50am - Overview of the Study: National and State Perspectives. Tamara Dimitri, CT Office of the Arts 
11:00am - The Study: Lessons, Indicators, Trends. David Green, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
11:10am - Political Perspectives: Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D) and State Senator Toni Boucher (R)
11:25am - Municipalities and the Arts: Rina Bakalar, Director, Economic and Community Development Officer, Town of Trumbull; Mark Barnhart, Director of Community and Economic Development, Town of Fairfield; 
Thomas Madden, Director of Economic Development, Stamford; Elizabeth Stocker, Director of Economic Development, Norwalk.
11:45am - The Economic Impact of Cultural Institutions:  Laurence Caso, Executive Director, The Klein; Kathy Maher, Executive Director, The Barnum Museum
12:00pm - The Impact of the Arts on Developers: Doug Adams, Vice President, GGP; Kim Morque, President, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
12:10pm - Questions from the audience
12:30pm - Conclusion
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit, membership service organization which, with funding from the CT Office of the Arts, supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. For the public, it publishes, a free comprehensive cultural calendar with the latest information on what’s happening in the arts and culture across Fairfield County. To sign up for our weekly E-Buzz selection from the dozens of cultural events across Fairfield County, click here. 
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